On this page, you'll find both long and short versions of my bio, written in the third person for ease of use.
Official short bio (50 words)
Alvy Carragher has published three books, two of which are poetry: The men I keep under my bed (2021) and Falling in love with broken things (2016). She's currently working on her third poetry book with the support of the Irish Arts Council's Literature Bursary Award. She lives in Toronto.
Official long bio (250 words)
Alvy Carragher is an Irish poet based in Toronto. She grew up in Galway and Tipperary and has since lived in Louisiana, Dublin, and South Korea before moving to Canada in 2018, where she is now a citizen. She has published two books of poetry: The men I keep under my bed (2021, Salmon Poetry) and Falling in love with broken things (2016, Salmon Poetry). Her poetry has been archived by the National Poetry Archive and she's currently working on her third full-length poetry book with the support of the Irish Arts Council's Literature Bursary Award.
Her children's novel, The Cantankerous Molly Darling, won several reader's choice awards in Irish schools. As a performance poet, she was a featured reader at events like Electric Picnic, Edinburgh Fringe Fest, RTE’s Arena and Cúirt International Literary Festival. She represented Poetry Ireland, as the delegate for the Poetry Ireland Introduction Series in 2016, at a reading in the Lincoln Center, NYC. She earned an MA in Writing from the University of Galway where Eva Bourke was her teacher.
She also won multiple national awards for her early writing as both the illustrator and writer for With All the Finesse of a Badger; a blog-based on the nature of growing up in rural Ireland. It was archived by the National Library of Ireland. She spent a year as the first Poetry Editor for Headstuff.org, where she focused on promoting new and established poets and creating a sense of community among her team of contributors.
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